Up to the Pyrenees
information on what you need and what not staying, hiking, walking or trekking
this page out and keep a copy with
do I get to the Pyrenees ?
Most of our treks and Pyrenees guided hikes start from our house in Miglos or not to
far from there. Toulouse and Carcassonne are the nearest airports. Only for our
trekking in the Canigou and Puigmal massifs flying to Perpignan
is easier. For links to flights, train, taxi and car rental
do I really need in my
? Here is a list of what you
really need. what
isn't on the list is not really needed. Tents, sleeping mats and gas cookers are
to get to the Pyrenees mountains
info for your Hiking and trekking into the Pyrenees.
address of the house is
don't need a car if your coming for trekking, you can get easily here by train or
(cheaper!) by plane. However when you're coming for holidays staying at
the house you need a car: shops are in Tarascon
(about 10' driving).
RyanAir has cheaper
flights to Carcassonne from where you can get to Tarascon sur Ariège
by train (OK for hiking) or rent a car (you need a car staying at The
friends of the Pyrenees house). Note: flying to Toulouse is a lot
renting a car have a look here
car by drive to Toulouse. From Toulouse take the A66 (
Pamiers), the N20 (Foix,
Tarascon sur Ariège)
and the D8 (Tarascon sur
can get to Miglos from Niaux
but driving along the D8 until Capoulet is
easier : turn the litle
road up to your left, about 1 km and there you are. Our house looks
like it is on the photo below. For a detailed route description from
your home to Miglos have a look
by train : several night trains from Paris to
and one of them going through to Tarascon
sur Ariège. At Tarascon
station ask for a taxi. For train Tabels have a look at the
railways. Once you're in Tarascon sur Ariège phone for a taxi :
05 61 05 61 83 or 05 61 05 62 89. For information on how
to get from Perpignan to Saillagouse where the Canigou-Puigmal trek
starts click the
Canigou Trek page
get In Tarascon sur Ariège the night before hikes start you have to leave
in London Stansted (RyanAir)
early in the morning the day before to Carcassone.
Carcassonne Airport take bus or taxi to Carcassonne main station (in
French : "gare SNCF"). Trains to Toulouse leave there at
12.45 and 13.00 all these leave you plenty of time to visit
most beautiful old city center and get
a train at about 5 p.m. from Toulouse to Tarascon sur Ariège (arrival Tarascon sur Ariège at
about 7 p.m.). Once you're in Tarascon sur Ariège phone for a taxi :
05 61 05 61 83 or 05 61 05 62 89 to drive you to "Le Castel à
don't arrive earlier : the housekeeper needs the week-ends for cleaning
and Richard for relaxing.
To get to Saillagouse, meeting point for the Puigmal-Canigo
flies to Perpignan see the
What you really need to
have in your rucksack to hike the Pyrenees?
gear hiking the Pyrenees :
a lightweight tent.
A 3-man tent usually sleeps 2 comfortably, should weight max. 3,5kg.
Prefer a 2-man tent if you intend to walk alone = sleeps 1 in comfort,
weight less than 3 kg, should have a double roof. Watch out walking alone:
any problem could become a danger.
a 70 litre rucksack.
There are good ones weighting under 2kg empty
a light foam-rubber or
inflatable mattress +
a warm and light synthetic sleeping bag (max. 2kg)
(Down takes moist)
2. Minimum clothing you need
trekking into the Pyrenees :
one pair of waterproof mountain
and four pairs of
waterproof lightweight anorak and
a polar type fleece jacket with
wind stopper and
a warm polar or
change of underwear,
a warm cap (preferably covering the
a polar or other warm
a pair of light sandals.
4. Cooking and eating tools for
your hike :
As refills are easy to find in Spain and
France choose the Camping Gaz stove (e.g. type 270). You may
have difficulty finding other makes of refills. You'll use probably
2 to 3 small size refills per fortnight.
knife, fork and spoon
a billy (cooking pot) suitable for
eating as well as for cooking
3. Necessary Hygiene
stuff Pyrenees hikers need :
brush, soap and towel
containing: tampons, painkiller, anti-diarrhoea,
anti-constipation, disinfectant, water disinfectant, aseptic gauze,
plasters, very high
protection sun cream ,etc
5. Last but not
least : trekking food :
basics : muesli and noodles
and/or lentils suffice, about 1kg
muesli and 1,5kg noodles or 500g lentils per fortnight. Tea and sugar. tomato sauce, some sweets
etc. Save your money for a better meal or sandwich passing a mountain hut, most
prepared dehydrated foods - except prepared noodle dishes - are poor value for money.
don't forget vitamins and minerals,
especially B, anti-oxidants and
olive oil : enough for one
tablespoonful a day
or 70% EPA fish oil
a tin of powdered Isostar or
similar energy-drink is very useful as they also contain salts that you will
lose through sweat.